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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 877-446-9261
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Description: Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West...
Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West Coast's only Battleship - USS Iowa. An adventure on board takes you on a memorable family experience through World War II, Korean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of sailors that lived on the most powerful warship built to date. Visitors tour six decks of wood & steel and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy. The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in Maritime History. Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.
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treasure of history

The volunteers showing off the ship are to be commended. Their love for their ship and country is obvious. There was a tower where men loaded the Big Guns. They showed the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Palmdale, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The volunteers showing off the ship are to be commended. Their love for their ship and country is obvious. There was a tower where men loaded the Big Guns. They showed the renovations made for Roosevelt's wheelchair. The room at the end had placards with tons of fascinating facts about WWII ships. Of course there was a shop and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I first went aboard the Iowa when it was in Richmond, CA getting ready to make the trip to Los Angeles. After it arrived in LA, I became a "CPO Plank Owner." Since then I have visited the Iowa on more than a dozen occasions. Most recently, met up with nine of my friends and personally took them on a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Great restoration, thoughtful history and for history buffs, especially naval or military history, if you are in Southern California, this is a MUST SEE! Clean, accessible, knowledgeable staff, beautiful setting in San Pedro. Don't miss this gem!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was a fantastic trip!! I took my two young girls& they really enjoyed the trip. The tour takes anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on your interest in history. Purchase your tix online before going. They can be purchased on the USS Iowa website & save some money - unless you are a Vet - yours is discounted at the... More 

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south australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

There is a lot of pride from the group of people that are working on restoring this ship. We really enjoyed our two hours of walking around and learning the history of the Iowa.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Great site to brush up on your military history. Fun activities for kids that keeps their interest and makes learning fun. Couldn't resist the touristy photos, they're kinda cheesy but super fun and a great memento from a fun afternoon.

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Lone Tree, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The lead ship in the 4-vessel class of fast battleships, Iowa served the US Navy for more than 60 years. She's been permanently moored just south of the Los Angeles cruse ship terminal since 2012. Known variously as "The Big Stick" and "The Grey Ghost," Iowa provides a wonderful immersion in the history of US naval warfare. Former sailors acting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My wife and I came here on a Tuesday around 1pm. We had a good time using the self guided tour, which is just following the arrows on the deck. Even got a veteran discount when purchasing tickets. Word to the wise there are a lot of stairs and uneven floors. No issues for us but it can be for... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I felt a sense of awe when walking the decks and passages of this grand old ship. Volunteers provided information to us as we walked through the boat. It is a perfect way to learn the history of a mighty craft that served our country and the sailors that sailed her. I would recommend going on a tour if visiting... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The USS Iowa is a very well done battleship museum, you won't want to miss if you are into military history. The self guided tour is well done and informative. It's great to see the big 16 inch guns up close and see just how big the 16 inch shells were. There are a few games the kids can play... More 

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